Sierra Nevada Summerfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada SummerfestSierra Nevada Summerfest

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
There's something about a warm summer day that calls out for a cold glass of great beer, and this classic Czech-style lager is sure to fit the bill. Crisp, golden and refreshing, Summerfest is the perfect choice for soaking up the sunshine. Summerfest is a Czech-style lager featuring a slight malt sweetness, a spicy hop flavor, and the crisp finish you want on a hot summer day.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Ratings: 4,318 |  Reviews: 1,626
Photo of jackndan
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Summerfest: a clear, golden lager. Thick head with nice lace. Light macro-lager aroma. Thin body, flat taste, little hop zest, lingering malty aftertaste. I am at a loss to understand this beer, it seems like a good macro-lager, but at its price, I’d give it a pass.

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Photo of John
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw/yellow color. Light toasted bread and spicy/fruity hop aroma and flavor. A delicious, crisp, clean, hoppy, thirst quenching lager. Can't remember the last time I thought in terms of "pounding" beer, but with this one it's tempting. Cheers to summer!

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Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clean, clear, crisp. citrus and spice and everything nice. for a seasonal summer pilsener...pretty good. for a sierra nevada product, pretty tame. a solid summer seasonal that has an excellent thirst quenching quality to it. no negative comments here. would have loved to imbibed a keg of this poolside down in mpls-st.paul like ZAP and Bighuge did. lucky dogs!

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear golden color with a 2 finger slightly off-white head. The smell is a very familiar hoppy smell that Sierra Nevada is notorious for with a lemony smell as well. The taste is slightly hoppy with a grass/lemon taste. Fairly refreshing, but below Sierra Nevada's normal standard. Cheers!

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Photo of StevieW
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow pour...fizzy white head, faded fast. Noticable hop aromas, combined with traditional beer smells of a pilsener. Taste was a little thin, and overly bitter hop wise on the finish. Not much malt or anything like it. Somewhat flat tasting at the bottom of the glass. Although it was crisp and light, it lacked the balanced flavor of the other SN products I have sampled. IMO, Prima Pils is much better in this class.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good carbonation and head. Citrusy overtone, clearly a light body, crisp, clean summer lager. Some hops on the finish but they don't rip your face off.

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Photo of pbrian
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crisp and clean lager with a focus on citrusy, spicy hop flavors. Quite enjoyable when someone else brings it to your party, but not a "hunt and seek" beer.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

light, crisp, and a good tasting summer brew. it has that little citrus hint to it and leaves a spicy aftertaste. this beer did its job being very refreshing on a hot summer day. not as smooth as you could wish for, but overall it was enjoyable

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Photo of frank4sail
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a slight haze. Very fine bubble action in the glass. and a fluffy white head which lasts as a continuous sheen on the brew. Malt nose with crisp hops. Very fresh smelling. The original taste is one of malt and slight bitterness on the tongue. Then your tongue is left with citrus (lemon) and hints of pepper. The finish is also quite smooth. This is not the best SN product, but it beats most summer seasonal brews that are out there.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This crystal clear light golden beer throws out a perfect 2 finger foamy head. It clings nicely to the glass as I drink. Beautifully subdued spicy noble hop aroma layered within a nice little pils maltiness. The taste of this beer is great. A nice malt backbone provides the foundation. Spicy little hop accents make their presence beautifully throughout the experience. A perfect blend of malt and hops for this summer brew. Highly drinkable. Very good beer.

Disregarding weizen style beers,because there are a lot of great summer weizen beers, this is one of the 2 elite summer brews that I have tried. (The other is Goose Island Summertime Kolsch.)

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 2002 version poured out a dark straw colored. Formed a nice white head, that left some lace as it subsided. Slight citrus and hops aroma to it. Taste had citrus elements and gave it a slight tang. Okay, for a summer beer, but there are better ones.

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Photo of Jordan
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting flavor and aroma of grapefruit peel and fresh baked french bread. Very unique and novel taste/aroma sensations. Surprisingly there isn't a crispness to this pils, yet it remains refreshing and easily quaffed.

This brew deserves more recognition than it's overall rating portrays. SN Summerfest easily would be my first choice in choosing the perfect pilsner.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice for the style,not to hoppy good malt-accented beer.Light color with a decent head.Would try again,Iam not into summer accrnted lighter beers.Bring on Oktoberfest!

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear with a medium white head with muted aroma. Not as hoppy as I expected. Still, this beer has a lingering bitterness that I enjoyed. Seems to be very "polite" for a Sierra Nevada product. Very well made, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty summer pilsener, with a good balance of malt and somewhat restrained by adequate hopping. In thinking back to last year's edition, this seems a little softer and less distinct than last year, which I recall as a little crisper and more hoppy. Still, Summerfest '02 looks like it will be one of my BBQ grilling companions this year.

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Photo of Murph
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw color with a thin white head that sank quickly. Smell is slightly hoppy. Taste s a bit more subtle than I would like it to be. Nice malt backbone, but comes up a little short on the hops. I would like them a little spicier. Nice smooth body and very drinkable. Not a bad beer but like I said, I like my pilsners to have a really spicy hop value to them. Great summer session brew. It is nice to see a brewery that doesn't feel the need to make there summer offering a fake hefe.

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Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold in hue w/ a sticky, billowy white head. Very bubbly and effervescent. Soft, yet spicy, green chlorophyll - like Hallertauer hop nose. Not much else there in aroma. The hop bitterness is mild, and a subtle floral noble hop flavor is there as well. Malt flavors are light and are comprised of non - descript graininess. Although there aren't any outstanding flavors for this brew, it's certainly a thirst quencher. A bit more hop bitterness and flavor as well as malt backbone would've made this an excellent pils. Good drinkability, but a bit lacking in flavor.

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Photo of Mark
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

good refreshing beer and really the only beer from s/n i will regularly purchase. very smooth

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